Omaha Performing Arts brings world-class entertainment to its two distinct but complementary venues. Built in 1927 as a vaudeville palace, the fully remodeled Orpheum Theater evokes the gilded concert halls of Europe with magnificent chandeliers; gracefully vaulted ceilings; and intricate, decorative metalwork. The newly built Holland Performing Arts Center surrounds the action with modernist elegance, featuring clean, geometric lines and a lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The main Peter Kiewit Concert Hall's gently curving shoebox design ensures clear sightlines and comfortable feet, and organically placed wooden panels sharpen the acoustics and bestow the space with a warm glow.
At Pizza Shoppe Collective, guests don’t just have to rely on their food to feel good. That’s because the restaurant features a second identity as a space for local artists and non-profits, fostering an artistic and communal feel that pervades the stage and connected restaurant. Before catching a show or event, clients can split one of the house’s signature pizzas loaded with ingredients that emulate the flavors of Cuban sandwiches, slathered barbeque, and classic Italian dishes. Outside of pizzas, the chefs incorporate a full menu of sizzling oven-toasted subs, traditional pastas, and an expansive wine and beer list that offers the perfect pairing or a very complex eye exam.
Round-Abouts Restaurant's signature 3-inch Rounds—featuring a fluffy, homemade crust—conceal savory fillings such as cheese steak, roast beef, or pepperoni with pizza sauce ($2.25 each). Combo meals cater to hunger-pang decibel levels with a choice of up to three pies with a drink and a side of green salad, fruit salad, a cup of soup, or chips ($5.50–$8.25). For a more angular entree, sandwich fixings such as pulled pork and chicken salad nestle into fluffy ciabatta buns ($2 for half; $3.50 for whole). Sweet-teeth can delve into 1.5-inch yo-yo dessert pies, which pervade mouths and unlicked fingers with chocolate and fruit treats.
Situated beside Lincoln’s Wilderness Park on the 18-hole golf course at Wilderness Ridge, The Lodge serves up gourmet cuisine with extensive pairings of wine, beer, and cocktails. The Lodge cultivates a woodsy vibe with log walls, ceiling beams accented with cut stone, chandeliers made from antlers, and waiters dressed up as grizzly bears. Diners can sup on entrees of duck or salmon while sipping on wines hailing from around the globe after enjoying a round of golf on a nine-hole executive course or 18-hole championship fairway.
Omaha Community Playhouse, fueled by an army of volunteers and a core professional staff since 1924, performs a diverse array of Broadway-quality musicals and plays. On Golden Pond's actors warm hearts with their portrayal of an elderly couple's travails and triumphs, while the powerful voices behind The Fantasticks charm ears with a tuneful tale of star-crossed love. Altar Boys, the story of five small-town Christian boys and their pious pop act, bursts with respectfully irreverent humor and parody. Funny bones vibrate to the lines in Lend Me A Tenor, the farcical and chaotic tale of an opera star entangled in romance, mistaken identity, and a maze of treble clefs.